FOOD FOR AQUATIC INVERTEBRATES

by C. Drewes(updated 05-04)
[email: cdrewes@iastate.edu][web: http://www.eeob.iastate.edu/faculty/DrewesC/htdocs]
 

Spirulina powdered algae

(Sold as: Algae Feast Aquatic Eco-Systems, Inc.(Catalog #SP1) 1.2 lbs/$24) www.aquaticeco.com

Feed powdered algae to:
Aquatic snails
Lumbriculus worms

Daphnids
Copepods
Other zooplankton
Freshwater sponge and bryozoa
Fairy shrimp
Brine shrimp (starting about 1 wk after hatching)
Many bivalve mollusks
Ostracods

Some rotifers
 

Algae Chips

[Sold as Algae Chips: Sinking Disc Food, Wardley brand; sold in 3.0 oz bag (green); available in most WalMart stores. Main ingredient: Spirulina algae]
Feed algae chips to:
Lumbriculus worms
Most aquatic snails

Goldfish Food - Sinking Pellets

Sold as Wardleys Goldfish Food: Sinking Pellets, 1 oz canister; or Americas Choice Goldfish, Crabs and Other Bottom Feeders, 3 oz canister. Make sure pellets sink!!]
Feed sinking pellets to:
Lumbriculus
Crayfish
Many snails

Artemia Food - Special Blend

Sold as Artemia Food Special Blend; by: Aquatic, Eco-Systems, Inc. (Catalog #BS-16) 1.0 lb/$29) www.aquaticeco.com
Feed Special Blend to:
Newly hatched brine shrimp (= Artemia nauplius larvae)
Rotifers
Many other zooplankton

Lettuce

Feed lettuce to most aquatic snails.  Crayfish will also eat lettuce.

Living Lumbriculus (blackworms) as food for predators

Feed whole Lumbriculus or Lumbriculus fragments to:
Hydra (feed them worm fragments)
Planaria (feed them worm fragments)
Crayfish
Predatory leeches
Triops (tadpole shrimp greater than 1 cm))
Freshwater glass (grass) shrimp (Palaemonetes)
Many predatory insect larvae (e.g., dragonfly larvae)


Blackworms are sold in many tropical fish shops and by the following companies:
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FLINN SCIENTIFIC Inc.

P.O. Box 219, Batavia, IL 60510

(Fax 866-452-1436) (Questions/Orders:1-800-452-1261) www.flinnsci.com

Catalog #: LM1220 (Lumbriculus variegatus for a class of 30)

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AQUATIC FOODS [Main producer and supplier of blackworms]
3133 N. Argyle, Fresno, CA 93727

ph: 559-291-0623(Fax: 559-291-0601)

http://aquaticfoods.com/farm.htmhttp://www.aquaticfoods.com/worms.html

This company sells large quantities of living and frozen fish food, especially invertebrates.

They sell large quantities of living California blackworms (Lumbriculus).

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AQUATIC RESEARCH ORGANISMS

P.O. Box 1271, One Lafayette Road, Hampton, NH 03842

ph: 800-927-1650 (or 603-926-1650) (Fax: 603-926-5278) www.holidayjunction.com/aro/

This company specializes in selling live fish, freshwater invertebrates, marine invertebrates,
and toxicological test kits. They sell Lumbriculus in gram quantities (about $10/g)

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AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS [NEWLY LISTED HERE 05/04 ]

1767 Benbow Court
Apopka, FL 32703 USA
Worldwide: (407) 886-3939
24 Hour Fax :(407) 886-6787  [Business Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (GMT-5) Mon-Fri]
Email aes@aquaticeco.com

http://aquaticeco.com

http://www.aquaticeco.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/product.detail/iid/6090
Cat #: 285120 Blackworms, Lumbriculus variegatus, $10/per gram

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CAROLINA BIOLOGICAL

2700 York Road

Burlington, NC27215(ph: 1-800-334-5551) www.carolina.com

Cat #: RG-14-1720(Lumbriculus variegatus for class of 30)
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